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    How to Avoid the DMV

    - Our latest newsletter looks at the ways the California Department of Motor Vehicles is trying to improve and the ways the state's residents are attempting to avoid it. 
Close-up of Peru’s beloved ají chiles—grown in California.
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Desperately Seeking Peruvian Peppers (in California)

In this week's newsletter, meet the Orange County lawyer who grows ajis amarillos—and then gives them away.

San Francisco native Danny Glover (right) costars in The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Fails (left) and Majors (center).
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Don’t Cry For Me San Francisco

San Francisco has become the nation's punching bag — and those that love the city are starting to punch back. Could a new film unite us all? 

Built in 1908, the Gamble House was designed by architects Greene & Greene, for use by David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble fame) as a winter residence.
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10 Oscar-Worthy Landmarks

Some of Hollywood’s most memorable scenes aren’t stolen by actors—but by the scenery itself. In this week's newsletter, we count down our favorite picks for California landmarks that helped make a movie. 

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The Call of the Open Road

David Thomson's dispatch is nicely timed with summer on the horizon and the beckoning of the open road. A road trip around California sounds pretty great right now.

Author Julian Guthrie (center) with the Alpha Girls. From left: Theresia Gouw, Mary Jane Elmore, Sonja Hoel, and Magdalena Yesil
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The Women Who Upended Silicon Valley

Can you feel a shift in the roles and recognition of women over the past year? I sure can. Since ...

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A Toast to Indie Bookstores

Would Alta be Alta without independent bookstores? So much of our desire to celebrate great writing comes from the new ...

Christophe Samaran holds a jar of foie gras at the boutique that bears his family’s name. Samaran is one of the Gascony region’s most celebrated producers and sellers of foie gras.
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What California Eats, So Does the Nation

A lot of great ideas start in California and spread east. Maybe it’s that Pacific breeze pushing innovation across the ...